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Strategic Relocation--North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd Edition [Perfect Paperback]

by Joel M. Skousen, Andrew Skousen, Audrey Butler, Elizabeth Lindsey
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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March 1, 2011 1568612621 978-1568612621 Third
This is the long-awaited update of Mr. Skousen's classic book on relocation for security. Nearly 3/4 of this 3rd Edition is rewritten and it is expanded to 400 pages. In the process, the authors created all new graphics, charts and tables. There is also a new section on international retreat potential and 200 additional pages of analysis on every state and province of the US and Candada, complete with color maps.

The maps are chock full of detail, including private and public land use, satellite terrain features, military target areas, roads and graphic depictions of population density---one of our major threats to security in a crisis.

Despite the ongoing illusions of peace and prosperity, our world is getting less stable, not more. The economic foundations of the US and the world are all based on fiat money and are crumbling. Earthquakes, Hurricanes, War and terrorism are ever present threats, and the secondary effects of social unrest in large metropolitan areas will be disruptive and dangerous if there is a shortage of essential commodities that cause people to panic.

When you relocate or retire your prime concern should be long-term security, not recreation. Sometimes you can have both. This book is designed to help you relocate around serious threats and to develop contingency plans when you can't relocate due to work or family ties.

Strategic Relocation is more than just pointing out safe areas--simply because the safer the area, the harder it is, generally, to make a living and have access to the conveniences of life. For these reasons, relocation decisions are fairly complex, and Mr. Skousen walks you through all of the difficult choices and compromises that are inevitable in finding safety, without being totally isolated. This book has answers for nearly every situation.

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About the Author

Joel Skousen has served as a relocation consultant for over 30 years designing high security residences and retreats. He is the chief designer at the Secure Home Design Group and author of The Secure Home. He has traveled widely and speaks multiple foreign languages and also publishes the World Affairs Brief, a weekly news analysis service.

Andrew Skousen, co-author, is a practicing structural engineer who regularly consults and designs for The Secure Home Design Group. Andrew contributed most of the new research, graphics, tables and much of the content.

Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Joel Skousen Designs; Third edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568612621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568612621
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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170 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information for where to live in the US May 20, 2011
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If you are trying to stem the tide of trouble by relocating, this is an excellent book to help you pick the safest place. It also includes some other places in the world to live. By comparison, the US is more free and contains more natural resources. The books explains how each state lines up to the safety measures and rates them 1-5. 5 is the best and guess which get the best... UT and ID. Check this book out for which cities are best and in which states as well as advice on whether the state your in is best to bunker down in. Lots of color maps are included for each state showing natural resources, spots more likely to get bombed, etc...
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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for ANYONE considering a home ANYWHERE July 22, 2011
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While the authors' intended this book as a helpful resource for those wanting to relocate for safety and security reasons -- after buying it and reading it, I wish we had read it forty years ago. The book examines in detail, various regions in the United States (and elsewhere), where you may be thinking of buying a home.

Their maps of various states include everything a future home-owner really should be aware of, before they purchase a home, or even make an offer.

Yes, buy it, if Security is your main concern. But make sure you buy it, if you are about to buy your FIRST home, as well.

Very well done. Highly recommended.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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Obviously alot of research has gone into Mr. Skousens 3rd edition update of this great reference book. I especially liked his discussion of prepardness and personal/family security in the early chapters and the colored reference maps toward the end, as well as his coverage of the whole USA, including where I live in the Eastern US. The other fine book on the market, Rawles on Retreats and Relocation, discounts anything East of the Mississippi as a consideration for a security retreat, so having a professional analysis of my area was particularly helpful. Many friends have asked to borrow the book. I highly recommend it.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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Actually about 4.5 stars and it would have been 5 stars, were it not for the conspiratorial world view i.e. I believe that there may well be, and likely are, all sorts of unseen things moving below the surface, but I don't buy their particular take on what they might be.

I am aware of no other comprehensive book on this subject other than perhaps the apparently outdated 2007, "Rawles On Retreats and Relocation," which I have not seen, but Joel M. Skousen's 2011, large format, 3rd edition of "Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places'" is a high quality, well-designed, 348 page paperback that is very impressive, and has obviously been researched and produced with a great deal of effort, care, and attention to detail; particularly impressive and useful are the close to a hundred large, very clear, and informative, mostly full color maps that are found throughout this book. At $35 dollars it is a great bargain, and offers information in both narrative and visual form that you won't find laid out so usefully and comprehensively elsewhere, information that would take you--on your own--a very long time to find, to sift through and evaluate, to organize, and to present in very useable, easily comprehensible form, as has been done here. I particularly liked their insights on the influence of geography and natural travel paths on site selection.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST book of the year. GET IT. October 9, 2011
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I'm not so much a survivalist person, just interested in survival tactics and gear. I might not be the kind of audience that the authors intended this book to be for, but I must say that this guide is fascinating from cover to cover. I don't know how accurate the information is because it would be a lot of research to really fact check all the details, but it's written so well that I don't question it. Even though this guide is jammed pack with maps and statistical data, it's not boring. It's not like you are reading an encyclopedia or anything, this book is as compelling as any top selling novel is.

The best chapters in this book are the ones that breakdown every state with statistics for not only climate and population, but also for taxes and local government. This is definitely the guide to get if you are curious about every state's tax system. I was quite surprised how extensive all the data that was gathered. And I also liked the first chapters that talked about the big survival issues such as natural disasters, war, and social unrest both in American and around the globe -- all fascinating stuff. I found the earthquake zone map something that I will reference for a long time.

If you are obsessed with survival, are planning a road trip, or are preparing for a zombie invasion, get STRATEGIC RELOCATION. I would say this is the best book I have purchased all year. If the 4th edition comes out, I'll be buying that immediately.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing collection of facts
This is a very different kind of book - but totally worth the price. The authors are not afraid to give their own personal take on many topics. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Anonymous Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must-Have Publication for Every Household In America!!!
I purchased this publication after watchung a detailed review on I was so impressed with the authors detailed knowledge of US demographic, geological, political and... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Tyrone Towns
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a great book to have as a reference guide. Every family should have this book on their shelves as will help you make future decisions if something happens... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Vickie Helm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information
If you are looking for demographics of a area in the U.s> to live and are concerned with which areas are/are not good to be in should a national calamity or government demise... Read more
Published 20 days ago by j flavors
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book ! exceeds expectations !!!!!
great book , has good maps of all states. Has great evaluations on all the major cities . would recommend this for all friends and family.
Published 22 days ago by Scott Chenoweth
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book.
Essential book for survivalists. One of the best I have read! TY Great Gift. As pictured and described. Very, Very pleased with item. Thank you! Love Amazon. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Freedom of Choice and Useful intel
Joel put a lot of intelligence information for making an informed decision of where to resettle and why. Good purchase.
Published 23 days ago by Daniel E. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent breakdown of "where not to live"
I enjoyed reading this book and still refer to it as far as fine tuning my escape and exit strategies if and when it becomes necessary. Read more
Published 28 days ago by NJ Garden and Lawn Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars All the information you need, all in one place.
Excellent work. The book is detailed and covers a lot of information. Very thorough. I would suggest getting it while you still can.
Published 29 days ago by Robert J. Brennecke
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Anyone who uses Wikipedia as a primary source is not a real professor, and certainly not a professional. I was very disappointed in this book and found it completely useless.
Published 1 month ago by Salvatore
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